Our guild held a sewing retreat at Cat's cabin up near Strawberry Reservoir in October. Many ladies were able to attend and it was truly a super time. Cat also prepared a mystery quilt and many quilters participated. Thanks to Cat for hosting such a great time at her cabin and for Sherron and her board for making it such a memorable and delicious time! Of course, thanks to the guild members that attended and spent the day with your machine, fabric, and friends.
At our November Sew and Tell we were able to see some of the completed mystery quilts. Cat named the pattern she designed for the mystery quilt Summer Dreams. Here are the different and beautiful versions of Summer Dreams by our guild members that attended.
Bethany taught us about a fun technique called Raggedy Reverse Applique. She learned it from Kim Deneault about 2 years ago. It is a super fun technique and Kim says 'If you can draw it, you can make it.' She has patterns for sale on her website, http://www.raggedyreverseapplique.com/, but its much more fun to make up your own custom patterns - including your children's artwork.
Bethany made everyone a little project to work on as she taught us her lesson. First you draw or trace your pattern onto tissue paper or some material like that - thin and see through but strong. Layering your fabrics comes next. Bethany made us 4 layer projects - one on top, 2 layers for the applique, and one for the back of the project. She said 3 layers work great also. Then you sew (shorten your stitch length a little) around your drawn pattern.
Tear away the tissue paper from the areas you want to see first, then cut away that fabric layer with your scissors, being careful not to cut through too many layers or through your stitches. She told us to cut the shape out, leaving a worms width (1/4 inch) of fabric.
Here is the 'worms width.' A nice way for kids to visualize 1/4 inch!
Here the first sections of fabric have been snipped away, leaving a worms width of fabric from the stitching.
Now the next sections are cut way, revealing the third layer of fabric.
Then you fray the 'worms width' of fabric you left behind!
Bethany outlined these simple steps:
1.Trace the design
2. Layer your fabric pieces
3. Sew the design onto the fabric
4. Snip away layers of fabric
5. Fray the edges of the fabric
Thanks so much to Bethany for making our November quilt guild meeting so fun. What a great technique for a fast, darling quilt.
Our November guild meeting was wonderful and it yielded MORE Heber Valley Row Quilts!
This is Kandy's sunflower applique row. She made her petals with prairie points - so darling!
And now Kandy's mountains.
These 2 pictures are of Margaret's finished quilt top! Good Job Margaret - it is so darling. Margaret is especially fond of her her little Scottie dog, just like her own real one.
These two pictures are of Susan's FINISHED quilt. WOW! The first one finished, besides the original. Good Job Susan, it looks fabulous! Her applique flowers are being visited by many little bees, it was darling.